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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Haṭhayoga texts prescribe various methods for the internal purification of the body that help in maintaining good health. The Saṭkarma-s or six practices are an important prescription given by them and the Kapālabhāti[1] is the last of these the Saṭkarma-s. It is further of three kinds:

  1. Vātakrama - also referred as ‘vāma-krama’, performed by drawing air through the left nostril and expelling it through the right and vice-versa
  2. Vyutkrama - In this the yogi draws water through both the nostrils and expels it through the mouth slowly
  3. Śītkrama - This is the reverse of the Vyutkrama, viz., drawing water through the mouth and then expelling through the nostrils


  1. Gheranda Samhitā 1.56-59
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore